Classic Rock News

Led Zeppelin Facing Legal Battle Over Stairway To Heaven

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are being accused plagiarizing the introduction of their iconic 1971 anthem, "Stairway To Heaven", in a lawsuit that the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California and members of the band are reportedly planning to file. Spirit founding bassist Mark Andes and the trust that handles California's royalties are working with Philadelphia lawyer Francis Alexander Malofiy, who says he is going to file a copyright infringement lawsuit and seek an injunction to block the rerelease of "Led Zeppelin IV" (as part of that band's expanded reissue series, which starts next month), according to Business Week. They report that California's estate - and the group's members - believe the acoustic introduction to "Stairway" was lifted from their 1968 instrumental, "Taurus." The two bands crossed paths during Zeppelin's first US tour, which saw the future rock legends open for Vanilla Fudge and Spirit, and that's where the Los Angeles band claims Jimmy Page was exposed to "Taurus."

Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell's Cancer Has Returned

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has revealed that despite last fall's declaration that he was "officially in remission" from Hodgkin's lymphoma, the cancer has returned. Campbell made the revelation during an interview with Palm Beach, Florida radio station Gater 98.7, according to a transcription from Ultimate Classic Rock. The guitarist told the station that the Hodgkin's lymphoma "seems to be, kind of, coming back again." "But I'm not concerned about it," he added. "I mean, it's just a process. I mean, it always was a little bit touch-and-go. But, you know, it's just a process to get through. I mean, like I said, it's absolutely nothing I'm concerned about, but it's something I need to start the process, I need to get a handle on, so that I am free and clear to tour this summer. So, all good. You know what I mean?" Def Leppard will be teaming up with KISS to launch a North American coheadlining tour this summer.

Judas Priest Streaming New Song March Of The Damned

(hennemusic) Judas Priest have released an online stream of the song "March Of The Damned", which is one of the tracks found on their forthcoming album, "Redeemer Of Souls." "It's just simple, straight to the point," explains guitarist Glenn Tipton. "It's not really a song about zombies or the walking dead. It also has a reference to the all the kids that come to our concerts that march along and can't be stopped. And so it's not Judas Priest and the audience … with all the anthems we've done and all the singing the audience does, it's one in the same thing." Due July 15 in North America, "Redeemer Of Souls" will be issued in a standard version and a deluxe edition with five bonus tracks. The project marks guitarist Richie Faulkner's studio debut with Priest; he replaced founding member K.K. Downing following his retirement in 2011.

Dire Straits' John Illsley Kept His Cancer Battle Private

(Classic Rock) John Illsley composed songs for his new album in hospital while undergoing treatment for leukemia. The Dire Straits bassist releases his new solo album Testing The Water on Monday, June 16, and reveals that he has been battling leukaemia for years without telling friends or family. Some of the songs on his new album were written from a hospital bed, where John as successfully treated using stem cells from his sister. John tells the Mail on Sunday: "I remember sitting in the doctor's office with my wife and being told that I had cancer. I asked for the bottom line and bluntly the doctor said I probably had 10 years left. I have to say that brought me up quite short."

Doug Aldrich Explains Exit From Whitesnake

(hennemusic) Guitarist Doug Aldrich has posted more details regarding his decision to leave Whitesnake, following last week's confirmation of the recently leaked news. "As there is still some question regarding my situation with Whitesnake I want to officially clear the air," Aldrich began. "I can confirm that on May 7th 2014, I made the insanely difficult decision to leave the Whitesnake band." "At that time, although not contractually bound, I moved forward with David [Coverdale] starting pre-production for an upcoming WS project," he continued. "Coinciding with my with the start of that project, I also had several recording and live commitments, so I needed a more flexible schedule to conclude these before going full force as normal. Unfortunately my schedule was not workable." "As usual, the results between myself and David were extremely positive and fun, so that made the decision even harder," he explained. "I treasured my 11 plus years in the band. 2 Studio records, 2 DVDs, 3 Live records and roughly 30 Coverdale/Aldrich songs!! Killer..."

Paul Stanley Says Next Solo Album Will Sound Closer To His First One

(Classic Rock) KISS icon Paul Stanley says he wants to record a third solo album - his first since 2006's Live To Win. And he says the project would be much more like his first - 1978's Paul Stanley. He tells Nashville Scene: "The next one I guarantee will be much more guitar-driven. Live To Win was really me wanting to push the envelope of what people wouldn't expect from me. But my next one would hearken back way more to the first, I'm sure." It comes shortly after Stanley told member of San Francisco's Jewish Community Centre that some of Kiss' records were essentially solo albums anyway. He said: "My second solo album was really like a project for me to get away from what I do with Kiss, because some of the Kiss albums have been, basically, almost solo albums.

Craig Goldy To Honor Ronnie James Dio With New Album

(Classic Rock) Former Dio guitarist Craig Goldy plans to release an entire album in tribute to Ronnie James Dio. The news comes just days after Goldy released two songs in tribute to Dio on the fourth anniversary of the singer's death due to stomach cancer. Goldy released "Hole In My Heart" and "Dark Rainbow" via his website and says he has been so overwhelmed by the response that he intends to put together a band to record an album and then take it out on the road. He says: "I wish to thank everyone that has given me the overwhelmingly positive response to the two new songs that have been recently released in Ronnie's honour. As I said before, I want to continually keep his memory alive. "Rest assured that the band members that I choose for this will be good people and not just good musicians. There will be a full album to follow, and tours. There already are high quality record companies that are interested in this project and some that want to have us right now."

Ace Frehley Once Blinded By KISS Makeup

(Classic Rock) Ace Frehley says he once feared he had gone blind when he suffered an allergic reaction to his famous Kiss face paint. The guitarist recalls a time in a Paris hotel room where he and a model friend downed four bottles of champagne after a Kiss gig. Frehley tells Loudwire: "I was in Paris, and I bumped into a model, a fashion model that I knew from New York. She was doing a photo shoot there. We ended up getting drunk on about four bottles of champagne, and I ended up passing out in the bed with my makeup on after the show. When I woke up, I had an allergic reaction from not taking the silver off, because it's ground up metal. My eyes were swollen shut. I was blind." The band's manager called for medical help, but Frehley genuinely feared he had lost his sight. He adds: "They rushed a doctor over, and they shot me up with, like, Prednisone, an anti-inflammatory that took it down. But for a minute there, I thought I was blind. I didn't know what had happened. It was insane."

Paul McCartney Teaches a Robot to Dance in New Video

( A museum of humans in a super futuristic setting may not seem like the ideal setting for a Paul McCartney music video on paper, but when a curious robot named Newman enters the fold, all is forgotten - through the power of dance. In his new music video for "Appreciate," McCartney teaches Newman the Robot the ways of music. Set in a Night at the Museum-esque setting wherein the exhibits come to live, Newman is a watchrobot in the museum who stumbles across McCartney, suddenly brought to life by unknown forces. Eventually, McCartney gets the robot to dance along with him (though they don't do the robot - what gives?), even participating in a quick guitar-off, the former Beatle grabbing his now-trademark cigar box guitar, Newman donning a more straightforward electric piece. The other exhibits, too, get in the animated spirit, but before long, the moment ends, and all are back to their still states.